www.KitGuitarsForum.com

Learn to Kit Build a Guitar. Learn to Scratch Build a Guitar. Learn EVERYTHING Guitars Here!
It is currently Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:49 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: DIY Kits
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:55 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Posts: 2
I'm interested in making a run at building my own guitar, but I have no experience in woodworking. How difficult is it for a novice to get a reasonably playable guitar out of one of the Martin or StewMac kits on their first try? How much should I expect to invest into tools?

Thanks!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: DIY Kits
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:09 pm
Posts: 5738
Location: Hegins, Pa
before you buy there look us up at Blues Creek guitars. We have over 90 videos on you tube and will provide support for you along with the build.
You can do a good deal with simple hand tools. I do suggest you use a mold to build the guitar. This helps a lot in setting the neck and symmetry
jh

_________________
John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center
Board of Directors of Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans
http://www.bluescreekguitars.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: DIY Kits
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:00 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Posts: 2
Thanks - I have seen the many videos. However, I can't tell where to start and it does not look like there is a video that lays out the basic steps. I think that I need the big picture before I can dive in and absorb the details. Any suggestions where to start?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: DIY Kits
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:29 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:09 pm
Posts: 5738
Location: Hegins, Pa
the first step is to start. There really is no defined start
first prep the rim
then set the blocks screw them in.
then contour the rim and set the kerfed lining
after that recontour it is easier to do it this way so one the rim is shaped you know where to place the kerfed lining
then brace the plate
then close box
then bind
then pre set neck
true up the fretboard
fretting can be done on or off the guitar
I prefer to finish the guitar get the neck set then fret the guitar but that requires a fret buck
finish can be done any number of ways

_________________
John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center
Board of Directors of Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans
http://www.bluescreekguitars.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: DIY Kits
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:19 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:14 pm
Posts: 1118
Well, it's not easy, but it's certainly do-able. My first guitar (scratch-built, not a kit) came out very well. I did have the great advantage of doing it with a professional luthier, who told me what to do and I did it, but I did do all the work.

A kit will simplify your life somewhat. You may want to look at John's kits (Blues Creek Guitars). With one of his kits, you get John. I suppose with this forum you get John anyway, but I think if you're building one of his kits he is determined that you Will Not Fail.

And you do have this forum. No matter what dumb thing you do, one of us has done it too, only maybe worse, and we're eager to answer any and all questions as best we can.

The tools you need... That question keeps coming up over and over again. We ought to set up a "sticky" note that discusses what you need, that we can refer people to.

The big-ticket items are the body mold and radius dishes. You can manage without the radius dishes, but it's a lot harder. There is also the question of how to cut the binding and purflng channels. The ultimate solution may he the Fleishman binding machine John sells, but that's a lot of money if you don't plan on building several guitars. The cheap solution is a gramil, which takes time but it works. (n.b. you may as well find out now: hardly anybody builds just one guitar.)

Otherwise, you mostly don't need specialized tools. A few top-quality wicked sharp chisels and a way to sharpen them, a lot of clamps, a small block plane, a small square, small saw. There are any number of tools, specialized and otherwise, that make the job easier, but mostly you don't absolutely need them. If the kit has pre-bent sides and a slotted/radiused fretboard, that eliminates some specialty tools you would otherwise need.

I'm sure I have overlooked things, but that may give you an idea. There is a book available that gives step-by-step instructions for building a guitar That might help you get a better handle on the whole process. (There are probably many such books, in fact.)\

And do look at the wealth of information on John's website, maybe starting here: http://www.bluescreekguitars.com/?d=tut ... tten&tId=2

_________________
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: DIY Kits
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:13 pm
Posts: 1659
When I made my first guitar, I had no woodworking experience whatsoever. My first guitar turned out very nice, and I built it on my dining room table.

You'll have a lot of support from forum members, so please ask questions. The only stupid question is the one not asked.

I started by finding a totally trashed guitar, then renovating it to make it playable.

So, your first step is to choose a kit. Blues Creek kits are well put together. John Hall is an excellent source of information.

I hope to see you blog your progress soon. We're all here to help.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group